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Temple Jewelry ~ Traditional and Authentic Jewelry of South India

Temple jewelry included a chain, necklace, two pairs of earrings, bangles and ring with a silk saree as the background

Temple jewelry included a chain, necklace, two pairs of earrings, bangles and ring with a silk saree as the background

South India is famous for its plethora of rich traditions of ancient literature, classical music, conventional dance, customary arts, tantalizing cuisine and above all, majestic temples, which are collectively considered as the "jewel in the crown" of South India. Temple jewelry, noted for their regal look, added another feather in the cap of South India's preserved cultural heritage. Temple jewelry dates back to the 9th century. These divine looking jewelry beautified the appearances of gods and goddesses in temples. Later they was extremely popular among the women. Temple jewelry is often patronized by many classical dancers and highlighted their unique look. Temple jewelry has continued to impress the people for several centuries. Temple jewelry is now in vogue and is customised to suit the diverse taste of buyers.

This is me as a three years old child wearing Indian silk dress and temple jewelry including the pair of earrings, coin chain, necklace, waist belt, hip chain and bangles

This is me as a three years old child wearing Indian silk dress and temple jewelry including the pair of earrings, coin chain, necklace, waist belt, hip chain and bangles

How my fascination of temple jewelry began

I grew up in a South Indian family where the women in the family attached a lot of significance to jewelry as part of their lifestyle. They considered valuable jewelry as an ideal investment. I recall that throughout my childhood and teenage-hood, I often accompanied my mother and at times my grandmother and aunts to established jewelry stores with reputed brand names. I was dazzled by an enormous array of jewelry pieces of all kinds including temple jewelry displayed in such stores. I learnt a great deal about Indian jewelry, their worth, value and cost details from my mother. Temple jewelry made a grand comeback a few years ago . Temple jewelry is either sold by the ancient family clans or is replicated. Temple jewelry is a huge hit among the female buyers of all ages and graced the appearance of brides and guests at weddings. My mother has a pretty collection of temple jewelry which she has inherited and acquired over the years. The current trend of wearing temple jewelry has piqued my interest and ignited my deep admiration for them.


Indian Goddess Meenakshi  is adorned with temple jewelry at a temple in Karpagragam, Tamil Nadu in South India.

Indian Goddess Meenakshi is adorned with temple jewelry at a temple in Karpagragam, Tamil Nadu in South India.

This 19th century temple jewelry marriage necklace is now present at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This 19th century temple jewelry marriage necklace is now present at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

A brief golden history of temple jewelry

Temple jewelry was prevalent during the celebrated historical periods in South India such as the Chola dynasty, the Pandya dynasty and the Krishnadeva Raya rule from the 9th century till the 16th century. Temple jewelry was popularly worn by the kings, queens and other people of important positions. They had assigned the experienced goldsmiths and craftsmen to chisel the temple jewelry accessories for them. Also these jewelry pieces were presented to the temple by the royal figures, goldsmiths and devotees as offerings to the Hindu deities and this is how it got its name. Temple jewelry pieces were created out of finest gold and embedded with precious stones of rare value and the owners of these jewelry pieces decided to donate them to the temples in order to preserve them more carefully. These antique jewelry pieces are still seen today in temples due to the cautious protection and discreet scrutiny by the temple authorities for numerous years.

Metals, gemstones and designs employed in the creation of temple jewelry

MetalsGemstonesDesigns

Gold

Kemp

Traditional

Silver (coated with gold)

Pearls

Motif

Base-metallic coating such as copper covered in gold

Rubies (cut or uncut)

Abstract

 

Emeralds (cut or uncut )

Temple

 

Diamonds (cut or uncut )

 

 

Second grade gemstones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials used in creating temple jewelry

Temple jewelry is chiefly made of pure gold though silver and base-metallic coating studded with second grade gemstones are other economical alternatives. Temple jewelry is studded with precious and semi-precious gemstones to endow them with a classic look. Rubies, emeralds, diamonds and kemp stones are commonly used and can be in cut or uncut form. These precious gemstones are epitomized as they add an unparalleled touch to the appearance of temple jewelry. Kemp stones come in either reddish-maroon color or dark green color. Temple jewelry come in diverse designs be it traditional such as waves, dots and lines; motif such as floral shapes like lotus flower and birds like peacocks and swans ; abstract such as zig-zag and interspersion of shapes; and temple designs such as gods and goddesses, dancers and royal figure statuettes.

YouTube video on the crafting of temple jewelry

This Indian classical dancer and actress is adorned with temple jewelry.

This Indian classical dancer and actress is adorned with temple jewelry.

At my parents' wedding, my mother wore temple jewelry including hair accessories, nose-rings, armlets, earrings, necklaces, chain, rings, anklets and bangles

At my parents' wedding, my mother wore temple jewelry including hair accessories, nose-rings, armlets, earrings, necklaces, chain, rings, anklets and bangles

List of temple jewelry pieces

Temple jewelry consist of several pieces which are distinguishable from each other and are created in their peerless forms that enable them to gain instant recognition in the entire market of Indian jewelry. These temple jewelry pieces are most commonly used by Indian female classical dancers and hence they are also called dance jewelry. They range from tiny nose rings to heavy anklets.

Temple jewelry is categorised under two groups:

(i) Regular temple jewelry : Women wear temple jewelry on any ceremony besides weddings such as temple pilgrimages, baby showers, festivals, etc.

This list of regular temple jewelry pieces are listed as below:

  1. Chains
  2. Necklaces and chokers
  3. Earrings
  4. Bangles and bracelets
  5. Rings and toe-rings

(ii) Occasional temple jewelry : These ornaments are used especially by classical dancers for dance performances and brides on wedding days.

This list of occasional temple jewelry pieces are:

  1. Armlets
  2. Anklets
  3. Hair accessories
  4. Nose-rings
  5. Waist belt and hip chain

Here is an insight into this entire list of Indian temple jewelry pieces:

 A temple chain with a pendant studded with kemp stones and kundan stones

A temple chain with a pendant studded with kemp stones and kundan stones

1. Chains

Temple chains are one of the most admired temple ornaments which are often worn by women to bequeath them with an exquisite look. They are cast in both long and short lengths. They usually are featured with pearls, kemp stones and other precious gemstones. The important designs for long chains are a string of gold coins, small mangoes, flowers, rudraksha stones and Hindu deity figurines. These long chains are also called harams.

 A necklace with the pendant of Lakshmi, Indian goddess of wealth

A necklace with the pendant of Lakshmi, Indian goddess of wealth

2. Necklaces and chokers

Temple necklaces and chokers are much loved by women as these alluring temple ornaments enhance the necks of women. They are augmented with pearls, precious gemstones and semi-precious gemstones. Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth often serves as the core representation of necklaces and chokers.

 A pair of temple bell-shaped earrings

A pair of temple bell-shaped earrings

3. Earrings

Temple earrings are extremely popular for their endearing bell shaped design. They are frequently created with rubies or kemp stones and ended with a circular swirl of tiny pearls. These earrings can be in plain gold or studded with several gemstones.

 A pair of temple bangles with little bells attached to them

A pair of temple bangles with little bells attached to them

4. Bangles and bracelets

Temple bangles and bracelets are lovely ornaments that come in a variety of designs and are created with different gemstones. They vary from thin dangling wrist ornaments to chunky ones with small hanging bells fastened to them.

 A temple ring with Ganesha, Indian god of good luck attached to it

A temple ring with Ganesha, Indian god of good luck attached to it

5. Rings and toe-rings

Temple rings are displayed in an assortment of different designs and set with huge gemstones or minuscule gemstones. Some rings also appear with a god or goddess figurine as a main centerpiece. Like other temple ornaments, rings too are intricately crafted in a number of varied designs. Toe-rings are made of silver and are often worn by married women.

6. Armlets

Temple armlets diversify from attachable traditional armlets to armlets with intricate workmanship with strings to tie around the arms. These traditional armlets often resemble the temple sanctum (carved towering architectural entrance of the temple) or have Goddess Lakshmi as its principal centerpiece.

7. Anklets

Temple anklets are mostly produced in silver coated with gold to give them a golden finish. The thick anklets with trinkets embellished on them are particularly used by classical dancers.

My imitation plait was decorated with hair jewelry accessories

My imitation plait was decorated with hair jewelry accessories

8. Hair accessories

Temple hair accessories are fashioned in gold-plated silver decorated mainly with kemp stones, pearls and other semi-precious stones to bestow the classical dancers and brides with exceptional elegance and traditional attractiveness. These various hair ornaments are fastened from the top of the forehead till the tip of the plait to endow the wearer with a bejeweled look.

In this photo,  I wore a nose ring and a trademark hair center jewelry accessory

In this photo, I wore a nose ring and a trademark hair center jewelry accessory

9. Nose rings

Temple nose rings are worn by dancers and brides to accentuate their Indian features. These nose ornaments are mainly covered in gold-plated silver with white-colored gemstones/imitation stones and pearls.

10. Waist belt and hip chain.

These temple ornaments don the waist and hips of dancers and brides to highlight an aura of regal refinement and enrich the garments worn by these women. Waist belt and hip chain are complementary ornaments and molded in gold or gold-glazed silver dotted with gemstones and edged with little bells or trinkets.

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Try this fun quiz!

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. The most important temple jewelry titled "Ratnachurmmandu" is a
    • A gemstone studded crown
    • A golden jeweled turban
    • A multiple threaded head jewelry
  2. South Indian temples had encouraged the art of jewelry-making which flourished during the reign of
    • The Pandyas
    • The Cholas
    • Krishnadeva Raya
  3. Other than gods and goddesses, temple jewelry are also famously connected with
    • royal figures
    • brides
    • dancers
  4. Much of the ancient temple jewelry are cautiously preserved in the
    • Madurai temple, Tamil Nadu in South India
    • Thirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh in South India
    • Belur Temple, Karnataka in South India

Answer Key

  1. A golden jeweled turban
  2. The Cholas
  3. dancers
  4. Madurai temple, Tamil Nadu in South India

Temple jewelry and their timeless value

Temple jewelry continues to play a significant role in the Indian jewelry market due to its priceless history and unique designs. Temple jewelry is sold by ancient family clans or retired dancers to the jewelry stores and is still on display. Hence temple jewelry is priced higher. South Indian women consider wearing temple ornaments on important festivals and auspicious occasions as a symbol of good luck. The current rise in gold prices did not stop women from buying these magnificent jewelry pieces as they are extremely exquisite and valuable. Temple jewelry got an aura of prestige and respectability about them that they got a great demand both in the Indian and overseas jewelry markets. Temple jewelry pieces are everlasting pieces of India's crafted treasures and are most unlikely to go out of fashion for many more years to come!

Copyrights © 2012 by Ishwaryaa Dhandapani

YouTube video on temple/dance jewelry studded mainly with pearls and kemp stones

Comments

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 20, 2014:

@ GmaGoldie: Thank you for the read & encouraging comments.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on May 14, 2014:

Outstanding hub! Voted up! I learned so much and the photos are priceless. Thank you so much for sharing!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 25, 2013:

@ teaches12345: Hi, thank you for the visit & nice comments. Temple jewelry make costumes look more grand. Happy Hubbing!

Dianna Mendez on August 24, 2013:

Such pretty jewelry! I think they would make any ensemble much more beautiful.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 21, 2013:

@ rambofen044: Welcome to HubPages! Thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing!

Rambo Fen from Raipur on July 14, 2013:

Very informative .....and nicely explained.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on April 22, 2013:

@ tillsontitan: Hi, thank you for the visit & very encouraging & kind comments. Jewelry is my passion and I enjoyed browsing through the photos of various types of jewelry including temple jewelry. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Mary Craig from New York on April 21, 2013:

What beautiful jewelry and traditions. You were like a little doll all dressed up! How nice of you to share those photos with us. This was an enjoyable and educational hub ishwaryaa.

Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on April 18, 2013:

@ lulu hewitt: Thank you for the read & encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing!

lulu hewitt on April 17, 2013:

What beautiful jewelry. Thanks for posting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 27, 2013:

@cabmgmnt: Thank you for the visit & very engaging comments. I am fond of jewelry and enjoy learning a lot about different types of jewelry, including temple jewelry. Happy Hubbing!

Corey from Northfield, MA on March 26, 2013:

Beautiful jewelry. Thank you for sharing this. I have never heard of this type of jewelry before and am currently enthralled by its precious history.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 26, 2013:

@ Thelma Alberts: Hi, thank you for the visit & kind+engaging comments. I am fond of temple jewelry and enjoyed learning more about them. Happy Hubbing! Take care

Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 26, 2013:

Oh my God! You look so stunning in your photos as a child. I love temple jewelries and looking at Indian movies where women wear beautiful temple jewelries. Thanks for sharing this very informative hub. Awesome! Voted up and shared;-)

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on March 02, 2013:

@ midget38: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. Happy hubbing! Take care

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 02, 2013:

Coming in to say that these pieces are pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 12, 2013:

@ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the second visit & read. I am indeed honored. Happy hubbing! Take care

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 12, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, it is wonderful reading this fantastic hub again. Thanks for sharing these exquisite photos as well as the details of traditional South Indian jewellery.

Voted up and awesome and shared.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 11, 2013:

@ Glass-Jewelry: Welcome to HubPages. Thank you for the read and encouraging comments. As for kundan, polki stones and other precious stones, such stones are present in pendant and waist-belt jewelry-photos posted in this hub. Hopefully, I will find suitable and legal photos of them and post them when I have the chance. Once again, thank you.

Marco Piazzalunga from Presezzo, Italy on January 11, 2013:

I was not aware that there was a well-established tradition of these rare "temple jewelry" items.

You have cited the Kundan stones and polki stones and other precious stones that are found in India, but honestly I've never heard of them. Could you publish some pictures, with larger dimensions than those seen in the video?

Beautiful and unique are the earrings with bell shaped design!

The armlets as well, are a typical ornament that is not found in the European jewelry decorations or Western anyway.

Thank you for your exciting article!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 09, 2013:

@ vespawoolf: Hi, thank you for the visit & sharing your engaging insights. Indian jewelry made of precious metals and studded with valuable stones is always considered an important investment by Indian people. Happy hubbing! Take care

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 09, 2013:

I only scored 50% on the quiz, so I have a lot left to learn! I've always loved the elegant look of temple jewelry and it has become more known in the Western world. How interesting that it's considered an investment. What a valuable and sentimental inheritance to receive! Very interesting Hub. Thank you Ishwaryaa!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on January 08, 2013:

@ mr-veg: Hi, thank you for the visit & encouraging comments. Happy Hubbing! Take care

mr-veg from Colorado United States on January 08, 2013:

Nicely informative hub ishwarya, such a beautiful explanation ! voted Awesome and Interesting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on November 19, 2012:

@ Anil and Honey: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. Happy hubbing. Take care

Anil from Kerala on November 19, 2012:

Dear friend wonderful hub.I can't count the value this hub, any way thanks so much

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on October 03, 2012:

@ Cyndi10: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging feedback. I enjoyed learning about culture in different countries of the world as well as mine. Happy hubbing! Take care

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on October 03, 2012:

This was very interesting information about the temple jewelry. Many of the pieces are looks that I find very attractive. Wonderful to find out so much about the pieces. You were a cute little "model" for the examples of the ways the jewelry is worn. Small bangles with bells and the arm chains were very nice. Nicely written.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on September 24, 2012:

@ Nell Rose: Hi, so nice to get the second visit for this hub from one of the most unique hubbers - you! Thank you a lot! Take care

Nell Rose from England on September 23, 2012:

Just came back to say I loved this hub, so voted up and shared! nell

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on September 13, 2012:

@ mary615: Hi, I remembered your first visit and your kind comments. It is nice to get the second visit from you. Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy hubbing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on September 13, 2012:

@ Kai0224liu: Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comment. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on September 13, 2012:

@ KDuBarry03: Hi, like you I am interested in learning about different cultures of different countries in this world. Thank you for the visit and for your engaging & encouraging comments. Take care

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 13, 2012:

I was sure I had read this Hub before and commented, but I don't see it. Anyway, it's a beautiful Hub and very interesting too. You were such a beautiful child (still are beautiful)

I voted this UP, etc.etc.

kaikai from TX on September 13, 2012:

Great hub.

KDuBarry03 on September 13, 2012:

Very informative and interesting. I cannot imagine the time and dedication it must have took to make such fine jewelry. Just more reason why I love studying culture :) Thanks for the insight, Ishwaryaa!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 25, 2012:

@ iguidenetwork: Thank you for the read and for your insightful comments. Like you, I enjoyed learning about various cultures in the world. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 23, 2012:

@ Sally's Trove: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your kind & encouraging comments. Like you, I enjoyed learning different cultures from different countries in the world. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 23, 2012:

@ Daisy Mariposa: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Also thank you very much for your birthday wishes. Take care

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on August 23, 2012:

Very informative hub. India's jewelries are quite beautifully intricate, the craftsmanship is unbelievable. Thanks for giving us a peek into your rich culture. :)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 22, 2012:

What a beautiful hub! And so informative. Thank you for putting this all together. I learned so much. Also, I loved the pictures of you and your family. Although I am half a world and a whole culture away from you, I felt as though I were a valued guest in your life. Up, beautiful, and all that!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on August 22, 2012:

Ish (ishwaryaa22),

I especially enjoy reading Hubs in which I learn something new. Thank you for publishing this fascinating article.

Happy Birthday!!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on August 10, 2012:

@ midget38: Hi, nice to know that you like gold! I am also fond of gold jewelry. Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Take care

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 09, 2012:

Love gold as well, Ish!! This is a truly wonderful insight into the wonderful ornaments hailing from South India, which I hope to have the chance to visit someday! Looking forward to reading more of these insights, Ish!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 30, 2012:

@ sgbrown: Hi, like you, I also enjoy learning about various different cultures of many countries in the world. Nice to know that you & your daughter have bangles and bracelets from India. I am fond of jewelry and temple jewelry is one of my most favorites. Thank you for the read, for your encouraging comments and sharing your brief engaging story about your gifts from India. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 30, 2012:

@ kelleyward: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your kind & encouraging comments. I enjoyed sharing my culture with hubber-friends including you as much as I enjoyed learning different & amazing cultures from various countries in the world! Linda/Sunshine625 is undoubtedly very supportive and kind! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 30, 2012:

@ Vellur: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your encouraging comments. I am fond of temple jewelry. I wanted to share my love for this intricate jewelry with many fellow-hubber-friends including you! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 29, 2012:

@ stayingalivemoma: Hi, nice to know that you love Indian jewelry and clothing. It is always interesting to learn and share our cultures. I like learning different cultures from various countries in the world. Thank you for the visit and sharing your love for this culture and for your encouraging comments. Take care

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on July 29, 2012:

I enjoy learning about diffeent cultures and yours is so interesting. I love your temple jewelry, it is all so beautiful. I have some friends from India and they brought me and my daughter some bangle bracelets back as a gift. They are beautiful! I am sure they are not expensive, but we love them. I really enjoyed the pictures of your parents at their wedding as well as you as a child, you were so cute! Thank you for sharing this wonderful information with us. Voted up and interesting. Have a wonderful day!

kelleyward on July 29, 2012:

Now I know why you're such a pretty girl. Your mom is beautiful and you were such a beautiful little girl. I absolutely loved learning more about temple jewelry. Thank Linda for sharing this! Voted up, awesome, and useful. Shared again. Kelley

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 29, 2012:

@ mary615: Hi, thank you for the visit & for your kind and encouraging comments. I like wearing traditional jewelry. Such traditional jewelry is often worn at weddings and other important occasions. I enjoy sharing my culture with many hubber friends including you and I also enjoyed learning from many others' interesting cultures - style of living, food, places, handicrafts and all - amazing! Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 29, 2012:

@ sujithbeta: Hi, thank you for the read and for your insightful comments. Yes, you are quite right - some of my photos are old. Shobana is a well-known actress and I have heard a lot about her. Take care

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 29, 2012:

WOW fantastic hub, full of beautiful temple jewelry. Very nicely presented and the pictures are wonderful. Voted up.

Valerie Washington from Tempe, Arizona on July 28, 2012:

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!! I love Indian jewelry and clothing!!!! I have been telling my family for years that I want a sari and some henna designs. I'm going to get them someday!!

Great hub, great pictures....voted up, up UP!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 28, 2012:

Everything about your Hub is beautiful, including you. I would love to attend a wedding ceremony where the beautiful Indian dress and jewelry are worn. I have always loved the photos I've seen. Your photos of the jewelry are just wonderful.

I voted this Hub UP and will share.

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on July 28, 2012:

Nice hub. you got a collection of your old photos right. I am a fan of shobana, the actress

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 09, 2012:

@ Vinaya Ghimire: Hi, I sent you the reply via email. Please check out this email. Happy hubbing. Take care

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 08, 2012:

Ishwarya, I'm waiting for your new hub.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on July 01, 2012:

@ remaniki: Hi, nice to know that your daughter is a classical dancer and she have this pretty jewelry collection. Thank you for the read & for your encouraging comments. Take care

Rema T V from Chennai, India on July 01, 2012:

Hi ishwaryaa,

Lovely hub with intricate details about the traditional jewelry of South India. I too have bought a few pieces of this wonderful jewelry for my daughter who is a classical dancer. Excellent hub. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 20, 2012:

unknown spy: Hi, I enjoyed learning about my country's ancient culture and well-preserved traditions as well as many amazing cultures & traditions from other amazing countries in the world! Thank you for the visit & sharing your insightful views. Take care

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 19, 2012:

this is really neat. i've known that India has many rich traditions. the accessories were spectacular. Thank you for sharing this very nice piece of information about temple jewelry.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 14, 2012:

@ myownlife: Welcome to HubPages. Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Take care

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 14, 2012:

@ radhikasree: Hi, nice to hear that this hub brought you memories. It is interesting to hear that you have a family goldsmith that created customized temple jewelry for you & your family! Thank you for the read & for your engaging comments. Take care

myownlife from london on June 14, 2012:

Wow Great hub, You really made your tradition more popular among the hubbers, awesome jewellery temple and everything. great

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on June 14, 2012:

I like the traditional South Indian temple jewelry because of their appealing look and style. My father always used to go for making them from our family goldsmith rather than buying from shops. Your hub gave me some nice memories.

Up, beautiful and awesome!

Thanks for SHARING.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 11, 2012:

@ Dolores Monet: Hi, thank you for the visit and sharing your encouraging views. I enjoy learning various interesting cultures from fellow hubbers and I am happy to share my culture with hubber friends. Take care

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on June 11, 2012:

I so enjoyed reading this beautiful hub on temple jewelry. Thank you for sharing that aspect of your lovely culture!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 08, 2012:

@ Docmo: Hi, nice to hear that this hub brought back childhood memories and your mother & aunts like wearing jewelry. Like you, I too attended many Indian weddings and many female guests are adorned with pretty gold ornaments. Thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. Take care

Mohan Kumar from UK on June 08, 2012:

Oh ishwaryaa, this beautiful, information rich, interesting hub brought back such memories of my own childhood, seeing my mum and my aunts dress up in beautiful jewellery . The many Hindu weddings I had been to and the amount of gleaming golden wonderments are still fresh in my mind. Rich or poor, I like the universality of these items. You've done a marvellous job with this hub. And you look so cute!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 07, 2012:

@ Mhatter99: Thank you for the read and for your encouraging comments. Take care

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 07, 2012:

Thank you for this fascinating article.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 06, 2012:

@ anglnwu: Hi, I too like temple earrings for their intricate and pretty designs. Thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. Take care.

anglnwu on June 05, 2012:

I love Indian earrings. They're so intricate and exotic. Your hub is fulll of information. Love the picture of you in the nose and hair jewelry. Thanks for sharing. Awesome.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on June 04, 2012:

@ learner365: Hi, like you I am amazed by the intricate craftsmanship of temple jewelry. Thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. Take care

Saadia A on June 03, 2012:

Cute little ishwaryaa i can see in the photos :) Well, this is an amazing Hub indeed which speaks highly of the craftsmanship of the Temple jewelry.It was interesting to read about the history of temple jewelry as well.

I really enjoyed this Hub,voting interesting and awesome.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 31, 2012:

@ alissaroberts: Hi, nice to know that you love jewelry. I also love jewelry. Thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. Take care.

Alissa Roberts from Normandy, TN on May 30, 2012:

These jewelry pieces you have displayed are absolutely stunning! I love jewelry and really enjoyed learning the history and background of these pieces. And the pictures of you wearing them are adorable! Thanks for sharing this very interesting, awesome, and beautiful hub!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 23, 2012:

@ thumbi7: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. Take care.

JR Krishna from India on May 23, 2012:

Your picture with "pattu pavadai" is very cute.

And you are the proud owner of some beautiful pieces of jewellery! !!!

Well written hub

Thanks for sharing

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 22, 2012:

@ wheelinallover: Thank you for the visit and sharing your insightful views. I completely agree with you that beauty and quality never go out of style. Take care.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 21, 2012:

@ Vidya Mallar: Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments.

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on May 21, 2012:

ishwaryaa22 it is no wonder the Temple jewelry is coming back in style. It is beautiful. I am a firm believer beauty and quality never really go out of style. It also looks like the pieces would be a good investment.

Definitely sharing socially.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 21, 2012:

@ Ruchira: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your kind and encouraging comments. It is so nice that this authentic jewelry made a comeback recently and now is in fashion. Take care.

Vidya Mallar from India on May 21, 2012:

Nice share of the hub... Great job... Voted up

Ruchira from United States on May 21, 2012:

omg...ishwaryaa22, you were an adorable kid.

The jewelry is exquisite. I love such authentic jewelry and surprisingly it is coming back in fashion.

beautiful collection of jewels you have there. voted up as beautiful hub. shared across!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 18, 2012:

@ TwilightDream: Hi, nice to hear the encouraging comments from a fellow South Indian. I am enchanted by the unique look and craftmanship of temple jewelry. Thank you for the visit and sharing your insightful views. Take care.

Kingbell from Chennai, India on May 18, 2012:

Beautifully crafted hub! All intricate details about temple jewelry explained in great way. Thanks for becoming ambassador of South India (I am being South Indian)by spreading these kind of information globally!! Keep writing!!!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 17, 2012:

@ tammyswallow: Hi. Yes, this is one of many jewelries that I am inspired to design some unique modified versions of these pieces in the future. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging and kind comments. Take care.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 16, 2012:

@ rajan jolly: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Temple jewelry is an important part of Indian culture and contribute greatly to Indian cultural heritage in the field of jewelry-making. Take care.

Tammy from North Carolina on May 16, 2012:

This is just stunning! These pieces are so intricate and detailed. You were a beautiful little princess. The hair adornments are gorgeous. Is this the type of jewelry you are studying to make? I love it and love this hub. Voting up and sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 16, 2012:

ishwaryaa, this is an exceptionally well crafted hub with beautiful pictures. You have delved quite deeply into temple jewellery.

Love the detailing. Voted up, beautiful and interesting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 14, 2012:

@ Angela Kane: Hi, you can find these jewelry pieces in their unique and authentic forms mostly in South India. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments

Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14, 2012:

I have never purchased jewelry from South India before, but I think I will be doing so very soon. The designs above were excellent and unique. Thanks for the hub and information.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 14, 2012:

@ Brett.Tesol: Hi, I visited Victoria & Albert museum in London and saw the beautiful Thai gold jewelry in Thailand wing of this museum. You are right about people buying jewelry, its being as investments and their value and all. Thank you for the visit and for your encouraging comments. Take care.

Brett C from Asia on May 14, 2012:

I found the culture you describe interesting and the jewelry is really beautiful. It is similar in Thailand, as people will buy certain Buddhist jewelry and cold creations as investments, knowing the value will increase with time.

Shared, tweeted, up and interesting.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 13, 2012:

@ Sannel: Hi, thank you for the visit and for your encouraging and kind comments. Like you I too found them fascinating. My mom helped me in wearing such jewelry...after all I was a little child. Once again thank you for sharing your engaging views. Take care.

SanneL from Sweden on May 12, 2012:

What a delightful and interesting hub! These jewelry are fascinating pieces of art. You were such a lovely and adorable girl and you wore those jewelry beautifully. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and shared!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani (author) from Chennai, India on May 11, 2012:

@ alocsin: Thank you for the visit and read. I am enchanted by temple jewelry and their diverse designs. Once again thank you for your encouraging comments. Take care.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 11, 2012:

These are quite beautiful and you've written a comprehensive hub about them. I appreciate the pics of your collection. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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